Iran, IAEA agree on 7 new practical measuresUpdated: 2014-02-10 12:03:38 (KST)
Iran has agreed to take more steps to defuse international concern over its nuclear program.
After two days of technical talks in Tehran, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency reached an agreement Sunday, on seven practical measures to be implemented by May 15th.
Among the new measures -- aimed at enhancing transparency over Iran's nuclear motives and suspicions of its past work on atomic weapons -- Iran has promised to provide information about why it wants to develop detonators.
The IAEA is probing into possible military elements to Tehran's nuclear work -- something Iran has denied.
Iran will also provide managed access to the Saghand uranium mine in Yazd, which is believed to produce some 60-tons of powdered uranium a year.
Other steps include providing information and "managed access" to the Ardakan concentration plant, and following the IAEA's safety recommendations for the IR-40 reactor -- which is capable of producing plutonium.
The deal, however, does not permit inspections of the Parchin military site -- which has long been suspected of being a nuclear bomb testing site.
The latest development comes as Iran is set to return to the negotiating table for talks with the P5 +1 nations of the U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, this month to strike a permanent nuclear agreement, following the Framework for Cooperation that was agreed between the parties in November last year.
Under that deal, Tehran promised to cease all enrichment above five percent, neutralize its stockpile near 20-percent, and give greater access to nuclear inspectors, in exchange for relief from partial economic sanctions.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.